Sunday, August 22, 2010

NY Times-Legendary CBS Journalist, Harold Dow, Dead at 62

the late Harold
(Story reported by the Associated Press for the NY Times)

Filed at 11:10 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Emmy-winning CBS News correspondent Harold Dow, who helped shape the documentary program ''48 Hours'' and covered the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst and the Sept. 11 attacks, has died. He was 62.

Dow died suddenly Saturday morning in New Jersey, network spokeswoman Louise Bashi said. He lived in Upper Saddle River, N.J., but it wasn't immediately clear if he'd been at home.

Dow had been a correspondent for ''48 Hours'' since 1990. His nearly 40 years with the network also included reporting for ''CBS Evening News with Dan Rather'' and ''CBS News Sunday Morning.''

A ''48 Hours'' report on runaways earned him a George Foster Peabody Award. He also won five Emmys, for work including coverage of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and of American troops' movement into Bosnia in 1996.

''Insatiably curious, he was happiest when he was on the road deep into a story,'' Susan Zirinsky, executive producer of ''48 Hours Mystery,'' said in a statement. ''It was his humanity, which was felt by everyone he encountered, even in his toughest interviews, that truly defined the greatness of his work. He was the most selfless man I have known.''

(Click here to read the full story on the NY Times website. GOD Rest the soul of this legendary and pioneering African-American journalist, and may GOD Have Mercy on the family of Harold Dow in their time of grief and need)

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